Mongoose Manor: Herpestidae remains from the Early Pleistocene Cooper’s D locality in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Cohen, Brigette F.
dc.contributor.author O'Regan, Hannah J.
dc.contributor.author Steininger, Christine M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-22T12:36:21Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-22T12:36:21Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01
dc.identifier.issn 2410-4418
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/26300
dc.description.abstract Mongooses (Herpestidae) are an important component of African ecosystems, and a common constituent of southern African fossil assemblages. Despite this, mongoose fossils from the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa, have received relatively little interest. This paper presents the diverse mongoose craniodental assemblage from the early Pleistocene fossil locality Cooper’s D. A total of 29 mongoose specimens from five genera were identified at Cooper’s, including numerous first appearances in the Cradle or in South Africa. The exceptional mongoose assemblage at Cooper’s likely reflects the effects of an unknown taphonomic process, although mongooses follow other carnivore groups in the Cradle in displaying an apparent preference for the southern part of the Cradle. This investigation shows the value of mongooses as palaeoecological indicators and supports previous interpretations of the environment at Cooper’s as grassland with a strong woody component near a permanent water source. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST); DST-NRF Centre of Excellence, Palaeosciences (CoE-Pal); the South African National Research Foundation; and the University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Merit Award. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Evolutionary Studies Institute en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright 2019 the Authors en_ZA
dc.subject Paranthropus locality en_ZA
dc.subject palaeoecology en_ZA
dc.subject Herpestes en_ZA
dc.subject Ichneumia en_ZA
dc.subject Atilax en_ZA
dc.subject Mungos en_ZA
dc.subject Galerella en_ZA
dc.title Mongoose Manor: Herpestidae remains from the Early Pleistocene Cooper’s D locality in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 53 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Palaeontologia africana en_ZA
dc.description.librarian JNC2019 en_ZA
dc.funder Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST); DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE-Pal) en_ZA
dc.orcid.id 0000-0002-6093-5313 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id 0000-0001-6293-5475 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id 0000-0002-9082-0672 en_ZA


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